Mountain View Bible Church
After our time in Vermont, we came back to New Hampshire to be at Mountain View Baptist Church! The church is on a beautiful campus and is connected with Dublin Christian Academy, so we got to interact with the students daily! The whole team stayed on campus during the week as well.
We had regular services on Sunday with both Sunday school and kid’s program. We had several friends visit on Sunday morning and evening from the Wilds of New England, and our team was able to go up to the camp for a visit Monday afternoon! It was such a sweet time getting to reconnect with some old camp friends.
Monday evening we had a ladies chocolate night at Pastor Wilcox’s house, and we had a lovely time enjoying some good food and fellowship. The next night, the men enjoyed skeet shooting and a bacon night. Wednesday evening we had an outdoor dodgeball tournament with the youth group and school students! It was the perfect evening to be outside, and we had fun hosting the tournament.
Thursday we had our Irish concert, and the next day, thanks to Pastor Wilcox, the team was able to take several kayaks out on a nearby lake and spend a few hours out on the water. It was such an enjoyable day off! We have really enjoyed our time in the New England states this fall.
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Trinity Baptist Church
We came into Vermont at the perfect time of year! We were delighted to experience God’s creation up north with all the leaves changing colors. We did services from Sunday to Wednesday evening, as well as several interactions with the Trinity Baptist Christian school!
We were able to have pre-sessions with the teenagers before each service, and we really enjoyed getting to spend that extra time with them throughout the week. Aaron was able to preach chapel at the Christian school as well for all the different age groups, and on Wednesday, we played some Cola War games with the highschoolers and Aaron gave a short message to them in between games.
We had a Family Fun Night on Tuesday, and the children in the school had a special challenge to invite people out to the service, and whichever class brought the most visitors got a pizza party for their entire class! Fourth grade won! It was fun to have so many children and visitors in the service. Kid’s program throughout the week was a blast as well. The kids stayed engaged throughout our whole program and brought lots of energy!
We finished our week of services with an Irish concert, and then we had two days to explore Vermont and spend time together! We all went to Burlington, a town right along Lake Champlain, and enjoyed some delicious crepes and a beautiful evening together.. On Friday, we ate our way through Vermont, including an apple cider farm for some cider and donuts, a Vermont cheese shop, a coffee roasting shop, and had a wonderful time appreciating the fall beauty of Vermont!
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Merrimack Valley Baptist Church
After our time in Pennsylvania, we packed up and headed to New Hampshire! We have been so excited to be in the New England states during the peak fall season. What a beautiful area to enjoy God’s colorful creation. We were at Merrimack Valley Baptist Church for the week. We served with the church on Sunday morning and evening with teen and adult Sunday school, children’s program, and regular services. Sunday evening, we were able to celebrate Jobe and Steph’s birthday! We enjoyed hanging out together and exchanging our gift of words to let Jobe and Steph know how much they mean to our team!
We had no services on Monday night, so we took advantage of the beautiful New England foliage and weather and were able to spend some time together. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we held regular services, and Tuesday morning, Our team had the opportunity to be a part of chapel for the Christian school on Tuesday! We played some music for the students, and then Aaron preached to the high schoolers.
On Thursday, the high school girl’s volleyball team had a pink-out game, so we went all out with our pink outfits and pink hairspray and had a great time cheering them on. The girls won their match, and afterwards, we held a dodgeball tournament! We had a great group of kids and a very competitive tournament. We enjoyed getting to know the teenagers throughout the week.
Friday we had an Irish concert, and we had several visitors, including Adam’s mother and brother! We enjoyed getting to meet some of his family, as well as a few camp friends and visitors from members of the church that came out to see the concert. We’re always thankful for the opportunity to share the gospel with people who may not know Christ.
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Slate Belt Church
Pen Argyl, PA
We had a great week of serving in Pennsylvania at Slate Belt Church in Pen Argyl. We started off our Sunday with a regular morning service as well as an evening service. Following the evening service, several families went out to McDonalds, so our team joined them and enjoyed the extra fellowship with this sweet church! We did a regular service on Monday, and on Tuesday we had a family fun night. We had a great time laughing with the church, and we were encouraged by how many church members came to our services each night, and how faithful they were in inviting others to our services and Irish concert on Wednesday.
We had been working hard on introducing a new song, All My Boast is in Jesus, to our Irish concert repertoire, and this week we were able to premiere it in our concert! We really enjoy learning new music, and it was a joy putting this piece together with our team.
We got to have teen pre-sessions with the church this week, and we loved every chance we got to connect with the teenagers! We were encouraged not only by how involved the teenagers were in coming to the services, but also how they pursued us as a team. They truly made us feel like a part of the church.
Our kids program is always a highlight, and we were able to have one every time we met at the church. There were several families who came out to the services because their children wanted to come back to the kid’s program. Getting to work with the kids of the church is such a blessing to our team, and we love doing it. We’re thankful for our time at Slate Belt Church!
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Linwood Community Church
We were so excited to be at Linwood for the week! The church was just a few minutes away from the beach, so we were able to visit the ocean and the boardwalk a few times during the week. We had a dodgeball tournament on Sunday night, and we had a great turnout from the community! Most of the teenagers that attended were not from the church, so it was an awesome way to connect them with the youth group. The kids came energized and some of them even made team t-shirts! We had a lot of fun that night with the church. On Monday we had a regular service, and on Tuesday we had a ladies’ chocolate cafe night! The ladies did a wonderful job of creating a cozy atmosphere and provided many yummy options of desserts, coffee, and even had chocolate fondue. Danielle, Ella, Rachel, and Steph provided music, a game, and Stephanie taught an encouraging message from Psalm 31.
Wednesday we had a family fun night! We had a lot of children attend because of the church’s Wednesday night children’s ministry, so we pivoted the direction of the game and music time and had a fun time with the kids. Thursday, we had our Irish concert to finish out our week with the church. After we packed up and were getting ready to head back to our host homes, one of our previous team members, Natalie, surprised the whole team by stopping in for the weekend! We were all very surprised, and we enjoyed visiting with her. Friday, the team took a bike ride on the boardwalk, and in the evening, we all spent time together eating pizza, popcorn, and watching a movie. Our week in New Jersey was a fun time, and we’re looking forward to being back!
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Victory Baptist Church
Our week in Reading was very encouraging. We started off our services with an Irish concert
Sunday evening. Josh, Danielle, and Rachel’s families were able to come out for our concert that night! It’s so special when members of our team are able to attend one of our services. We also had a special visit from the family of previous team member, Phil Arcuri (2020-2022) and one of Ella’s camp counselors! We had a great concert and were encouraged by how many different churches attended the concert! We enjoyed a fellowship afterwards, and some of the team got to spend time afterwards with their family and friends.
We had a full week of events following Sunday! After our regular service on Monday, we had a men’s night on Tuesday, and a ladies night on Wednesday. Having men’s and ladies nights are special times where we get to connect with the church people on a deeper level, so we had a great time. On Thursday, we had an outdoor dodgeball tournament that included several of the different churches and schools in the area. After Aaron shared the gospel with the teenagers, we had three visitors raise their hands indicating their need to be saved.
Everyone at Victory Baptist was incredibly kind to us. Our whole team especially enjoyed spending time with Pastor and Mrs. Conover. Friday night, the team members went over to their home for a campfire, cornhole, and board games. We were really blessed by our time at Victory Baptist!
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Calvary Independent Baptist Church
We had a very eventful start to our travel day to Pennsylvania! After a week of training at the Coffey house, we left Michigan to head to Calvary Independent Baptist Church, and about 2 hours into the trip, the Coffey’s trailer had an issue with one of their trailer axles. By God’s grace and through a series of crazy events, Aaron was able to locate the part to fix the trailer, and he arrived in Huntingdon late on Saturday night. We are so thankful that the church offered a place for Steph and the kids to stay in while Aaron was in Ohio trying to get their trailer fixed!
On Saturday, the team plus Ella and Asher, got to go to a college football game; Penn State vs Delaware! They had a great time cheering for Penn State and exploring State College. Later that evening, we had dinner at the pastor’s house and had a great time fellowshipping and watching Alabama football.
Sunday we had regular services, and in the evening, we got together at the cabin where the Coffey had stayed to play some games and hang out with each other. It was fun to pend time together after a crazy weekend! During the week, Aaron was able to preach in chapels during the week at Calvary Christian Academy. On Tuesday, we had a dodgeball tournament with the teenagers from the church, school, and the community, and we had a blast! They were such a fun group of kids to work with, and we had a great turnout. On Wednesday, we got to have a Family Fun Night, and despite some technical difficulties, we still had a great time laughing together and an encouraging message about church unity from Philippians 2.
On Thursday we finished our week of meetings with our first Irish Concert of our new traveling year. By God’s grace, the concert went smoothly and there was an encouraging response after the Gospel presentation. The people from Calvary were so kind to us, and we truly enjoyed our time serving there.
Friday, Josh and Asher went disc golfing with a family from the church, and then the team cheered on the CCA girls’ soccer team while Steph and Aaron enjoyed a date night to celebrate Steph’s birthday in State College! It was an enjoyable week at the church, and we’re looking forward to our next week of ministry with them!
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First Baptist Church
Our time in Gallopolis was a fun week of ministry, fellowship, eating…and more eating…and more eating. We ate lunches with the church staff and sweet lunch ladies each day, enjoyed a big dinner before the service with all the church folks, and finished up the evening after the nightly services with a dessert fellowship. The ladies of the church kept bringing in desserts. Somehow they never ran out. To say that we rolled out of Gallopolis is a massive understatement! It was a sweet blessing to have so many opportunities to enjoy getting to know the people of First Baptist in Gallipolis this past week.
Thursday evening, we had a family fun night, and the church had no qualms about jumping right in and being involved in the games! We enjoyed laughing with the church. We also had teen pre-sessions and our kids program throughout the week. Irish concert night, we had nearly 70 children in our kids program! Throughout the week, we were able to enjoy dinners before the service with the church, as well as dessert fellowships after the service.
Since there was a Christian school, we were able to do chapels for all the grades throughout the week. Aaron, Hudson, and Mike all had a part in sharing God’s word with the elementary and high school kids, and we got to do some music for the kids as well. On Monday, Nat, Rachel, Josh, Mike, and Hudson got to play kickball during middle school PE, and throughout the week we got to eat lunch with the high schoolers. Jobe got to be a part of the elementary Field Day and even won a few ribbons.
Friday, the team enjoyed an off day over in West Virginia! They spent the afternoon playing disc golf and pickleball, and in the evening they were able to spend time with Pastor Aaron and his wife Joy.
We enjoyed spending time with the pastoral staff and the school staff throughout the week. The people and staff of First Baptist truly went out of their way to be intentional with all of us and bless us greatly. We’re already looking forward to our next visit to this church!
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Boones Creek Bible Church
Johnson City, Tennessee
We spent last week in Tennessee at Boones Creek Bible Church. We arrived on Saturday and after setup, we had dinner with a few members of one of the church small groups. On Sunday, we were blessed to be able to spend Easter with this church body! We held Sunday school, and then we had a sweet time rejoicing in our Savior’s resurrection during the morning service. In the evening, we had a singspiration where we went through the five threads of the Gospel and responded in song. It was a sweet way to end our Easter services! Afterwards, our team had our annual easter egg hunt in the church, with Hudson finding the prized golden egg.
Monday evening we had a split men’s and ladies night, and we enjoyed getting to know the church body on a more casual level that evening. Steph spoke to the ladies from Psalm 34, tasting and seeing that God is good, and the men enjoyed trying out 10 different flavors of Tillamook ice cream, having some intense competition, and gathering around the Word.
After the services a couple of evenings, the team hung out in the gym. One night a group of people played pickleball, the next Spikeball and another night was basketball. It was fun to engage with BCBC friends for some friendly competition.
After the service on Tuesday, we held the annual Coffey Masters Tournament! Hudson set up a pretty cool course around the church, and we divided into teams to compete for bragging rights and Starbucks gift cards. Hudson incorporated a new twist this year with secret cards located throughout the course, where if your ball ran over the card, it would either be to your advantage or disadvantage depending on the card. This year, Aaron, Natalie, and Liam took the win, and Liam won the individual competition. We always have a blast doing our tournament, and this year was no different.
Thursday night was our Irish concert, and our final service of the week. We had a great time throughout the week getting to know the pastoral staff and the church members! Pastor Cunningham was a personal blessing to many of us.
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Community Baptist Church
It was such a blessing to serve at Community Baptist this past week. We really enjoyed serving with such a sweet body of believers. Saturday night, after our arrival and setup, we were able to sit down with Pastor Mike and hear his testimony as well as how the church came to be 17 years ago! On Sunday, we celebrated those 17 years with an anniversary service, and afterwards we had a church-wide fellowship. The team set up nine-square and played with the teenagers that afternoon. There was no service that evening, so Pastor and his family took us bowling! We had a blast competing and enjoying each other’s company. Rachel was on fire!
Monday and Tuesday, we had regular services with teen pre-sessions and our kids program. On Wednesday, we had a family fun night, and we loved how excited the church was to compete in the activities. We had a wonderful time laughing together with the church.
Thursday we had our Irish concert, and we were thrilled to have Aaron’s parents visit for the concert, as well as several of Natalie’s family members and friends. It is always so special when family is able to come to a service.
Friday night, we finished our week at Community with a dodgeball tournament. The youth group and our team members were actively canvassing throughout the week in the afternoons for both the Irish concert and the dodgeball tournament, and we were able to see the Lord work through that at our dodgeball tournament, as several teenagers we met while canvassing came out to play dodgeball. The response after Aaron’s message was overwhelming, and a few even got saved. Praise the Lord!
At the end of the week, the Coffey family added a new member to their clan. They adopted a sweet new puppy, Cuppa Joe. He and Brew (their other doggy!) are becoming fast friends! This little guy has brought so much joy to the whole team already.
We’re already looking forward to our next time of ministry with Community Baptist!
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